While vessels 6 metres or less are underway, everyone on board:
Note: the skipper is responsible for complying with this rule. Failure to comply may result in a $200 fine.
In vessels more than 6 metres in length, everyone on board must wear a lifejacket (or personal flotation device), unless the skipper has assessed the risk and considers it ok for lifejackets to not be worn.
Except, lifejackets must be worn:
In all other situations, enough lifejackets must be carried aboard in a readily accessible location to securely fit each person aboard.
For further information see the lifejacket rules in the Navigation Safety Bylaw (clause 2.7).
A lifejacket needs to fit correctly to do its job.
To check fit:
Manual inflatable lifejackets are a popular choice for many boaties. If you choose to use this sort of lifejacket remember it needs to be serviced at least once every two years.
You should carry out regular self-checks to make sure your lifejacket is in good working order.
For further information on self-checks: